Some people start an album with a title page--a special poem, favorite photo or journaling that tells what the album is about.�This file includes Portrait Albums and Signature Pages. There are also poems in the Heritage and Memories files that are good for title pages.
Title Page Toppers
Scroll Border Page Idea
Use a scroll border page as title page. Draw a circle or oval in the center with a black pen. Put ivy and flower stickers along the line. Add black dots and squiggles between the stickers. Inside the circle or oval put the title--Jane Doe's Heritage Album, or The Doe Family Album, etc. For baby albums use baby type sticker. On a black page use gold and silver pens and sticker letters.
Introduction Page Idea
To minimize journaling throughout an album or album section, make an introduction page.
Use photos of the main people and places involved in the event along with a detailed description. On the rest of the pages use a minimum of journaling. This works well for vacations, weddings, etc.
Take a piece of printed paper and, using the wavy ruler and a pencil, mark a wavy line across the narrow width of the paper. Move your ruler down about 2" and mark another, parallel wavy line. Then cut the "ribbon" out and add a title with ABC stickers. Example: red gingham paper with "PICNIC" in red ABC stickers; green gingham and with "Joy" in evergreen ABC stickers; raspberry heart paper with "Ballet" in raspberry ABC stickers.
This is a special scrapbook;
We know you can't always be near,
Then place it in your special book.
Title Page for a Baby Book
I am so very special
And like a single drop of rain
So read this precious story
(do in fancy font or calligraphy, center on the page)
Grandma and Grandpa,
this book is for you,
though it might be quite puzzling
as the pictures are few.
But every few months
if you don't make a fuss,
We'll send you more pages
with pictures of us!
Gift Album Title Page
(adapted by Denny Davis from a poem by Kimberly Rinehart)
This album I have made
It's a gift holding memories
My Scrapbook Preface Page
(© 2012 Grace Mandry, used with permission)
The journaling and images
Upon these scrapbook pages
Paint a profile of my life
Through its many years and stages
The completion of this album
Seemed, at times, a daunting task
As I searched for facts and photos
From the all-too-distant
(or not-so-distant) past
Yet to serve as validation
Of the worth of this pursuit
I have gathered quotes from learned
Men and Women of repute
The vast wisdom of their words
Lends homage to each yesteryear
To preservation of the past
And every memory we hold dear
You can place quotes around the border or on the opposite page)
Grow With Me
(Alison L., title page for a child's album)
Once I was a baby boy,
A tiny thing who brought great joy.
Time, it passed as time will do.
The months flew by and now I'm two.
Still, my growing has just begun.
Blink and you could miss LOADS of fun.
You say you want to watch me grow?
Well turn this page. Come on. Let's go!
(for a girl change the first two lines to:
Once I was a baby girl,
A tiny thing, a precious pearl.)
My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue
An everlasting vision of the everchanging view
A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold
A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold
All of This I Am
[Thomas E. Miles]
"All of this I am . . . And Part of This I Saw . . ."
Within the next few pages I hope you find the dreams, the past, the future that was and still is you! The corners have been left unturned in some books, and in others the print is barely legible for use. Whether friend or kin, they walked, they cried, they loved, they shared, they had treasure and they left it just for you. It's your heritage rich and true.
My Family is Special
My family is special
It is certainly like no other;
I have a very special Dad
And an extra special Mother.
I've uncles, aunts and grandparents
and of course my share of cousins.
So with all these special people
I've got memories by the dozens.
I want to keep these special times
Of all we've shared and done.
So here within this special book
I'll write down every one!
Here's to all the people
Who mean so much to me,
. . . A book to keep forever
. . . All about my family.
This is our scrapbook,
For us it's a walk
For you it's a glimpse
So we've put together
(Joan Walsh Anglund)
A family is the place we start
My child, your memory treasures,
Title Page Poem
I created this special book
This album is a patchwork quilt,
Each page is pieced together
To the Past, Present and Future
(Ruth Mae Fox)
To the Past, Present and the Future,
I Dedicate This Book:
To the Past, because I came out of it,
To the Present, because I live in it,
To the Future, because my children
shall inherit it.
(Claudia N., January 1997)
I've made a quilt of memories
To keep my family warm
Through breezy springtime afternoons
Or in a winter storm.
Memories keep us company
When friends can not be near,
So my quilt is made of photographs
Of all our loved ones dear.
Within you'll see the fabric
Of our lives from day to day
As scraps of our activities
Fill each busy day.
They're pieced together carefully
And stitched with love and care
So you'll be warmed from inside out
And feel that you were there.
Quilts and minds get worn with time,
The thoughts and colors fade.
The names and dates get lost among
The schedules that we've laid;
But you can wrap within my quilt
Whenever you are cold
And reminisce of favorite times
Among the days of old.
This book is like a comforter,
A quilt with many parts,
A keeper of our memories,
A place to warm our hearts.
The fabrics are our life's events,
Those things we want to keep,
The programs, stubs and photographs,
Placed here--not in a heap!
The scraps all stitched together,
held fast with love and care,
Create a family legacy--
a gift for all to share.
(Repeat first verse if desired)
Memories fill this book . . .
Life is a Patchwork
Life is like a patchwork--
Our family's like a patchwork quilt,
With kindness gently sewn;
Each piece is an original,
With beauty of its own.
With threads of warmth and happiness,
It's tightly stitched together
To last in love throughout the years,
Our family is forever.
Patchwork of Memories
When it is dark and the house is quiet,
the dishes all done, the laundry sorted,
the children tucked into bed.
I get out my album and precious photo boxes--
filled with happy memories of our days together:
birthdays, celebrations, discoveries, adventures.
Much like women of old who took this time
to stitch together quilts,
I stitch together a patchwork of memories.
You hold in your hands the (SMITH) Family Album.
Treat it with care for it will become my legacy.
Each page is a reflection of the live we led,
the love we shared, the lessons we learned,
and the memories we cherished.
It is a story of everyday existence,
One woman's remembrance of the things that made us laugh,
and those that made us cry.
I dedicate this book to the future,
with the hope that the past will never be forgotten.
Title Pages For Portrait Album
If the album is for one child use those little bitty size photos to spell out the child's name on the title page.
If it is more than one child do the surname instead.
If you have thrown away the little bitty pictures, cut wallet size photos into letter shapes and spell out something like "our family".
Or cut wallets size photos in squares or other quilt shapes and combine them with solid color blocks for a border and put a poem in the center.
Down the sides of the page place 1" black squares like film sprockets so the page looks like a giant film frame. Inside the frame spell out "The Smith Family: A Professional Portrait" using ABC stickers. Add camera and other appropriate stickers. (CMC Maria)
Portraits Page Toppers
- Just Picture This
- Me, Myself and I
- A Not So Candid Moment
- A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
- Picture Perfect
- Picture This
- Pretty as a Picture
- Portrait of a Lady
- Sitting Pretty
- Strike a Pose
- You Ought to Be in Pictures!
�A Signature Page
Some people like to 'finish' their album, or a series of albums, with a dedication or signature page. This is where you can take credit for what you have created, and say a little something about yourself and why you created the album. An album is a gift of love, so use the signature page to express your thoughts and feelings.
Even if the album is not a gift, the signature page is still important.�It can be used to give closure to the story (or a segment of the story).�A signature page can tell who you are and why and when you created the album. It may indicate your feelings, but no matter how you do it; it is your final chance to finish the story.
Here are some ideas for doing a signature page:
- Include a photo of yourself while you are working on the album. Be sure the photo shows a page from the album.
- Include important dates. For example the date the album was started or finished, the date it was given as a gift, the date of the event--if the album was created for a certain event. Remember to sign your name.
- If the album was created for a special occasion such as an anniversary, wedding, family reunion, etc. the signature page is a place to add your best wishes.
- Use a photo on the signature page that shows the ending of the event the albums was about. Examples: for a wedding album a photo of the bride and groom driving away from the reception; for a vacation album a photo of people getting off the plane back home.
- Duplicate your favorite photo from the album or use one that you didn't include. Journal your thoughts and feelings about the photo or the person in the photo.
- Write a personal message to the person who is the recipient of the album. Explain why you made the album or why the events or people are important to you.
- Write a personal message to your children, your spouse or other important people featured in the album. Include things that make them special at that particular moment in time or be more general.
- If this album is expected to be handed down to future generations tell something about yourself and your relationship to the people or events in the album.
- Create a mosaic or collage with leftover or duplicate photos.
- Make a family tree to put on the back page of each album. Use some form of tree that not only shows relationships but also tells a little about the person. If the albums are mostly about immediate family members, or you have a small extended family, just list the people and put a short summary about them or the time covered in the albums. The advantage of the list is you can include friends as well.
- Coordinate the decorative elements or layout of the signature page with that of the title page.
- Make a sort of "time capsule" on the last page that shows what the world is like at that time. For example, the prices of things, fads, favorites, etc. The Adult Birthday file has a list of sites for "This Date in History" type info that will help you if the album is for past years. If the album is current you could use one of those "year-end summary" articles most newspapers have in December or January.
- Use the title "It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times" and list the best and worse things that happened during the year--both from your family and the country.
- In a series of family albums, use the signature page as a transition from one album to another. Mention the main people in the album and their relationships to each other or recap the changes in the family due to birth, marriage and death.
- End the album with a page of photos of everyone in the family sleeping or photos of New Year's Eve.
- If you write a family newsletter at Christmas find this is a good way to end an album because it summarizes the things you did during the year.
- I write a love letter to my family telling them how much fun I had working on the album and which pages were my favorite. I write the dates (even though they are in the scrapbook) of weddings, deaths, births and baptisms for easy reference. (Michelle in MI)
- I use the last page to "clean out my purse", I dig out the grocery receipt, ticket stubs, grocery list, etc. and put them in my album. It shows how much things cost and a brief snapshot of what thing are like in my world today. (Dars)
- I collage sample pics from the next album if it's one of a series. I wait to do it until I'm half-way through the next album and then I do a "See what's next in daughter's life" page. Once I did pics of my daughter looking at her next album and you can see some of the layouts. (txscrappinmommy)
- For a trip album, it is a picture of a sunset I took on the trip. (Joanne)
- I ended my cruise album with a picture of my daughter and husband asleep on the airport floor. I thought it was fitting AND it was the last picture I took on our trip. (kaesmom)
- Our Disney album ended with a picture I took of all our souvenirs. I layed them on the couch and took a picture of everything. (kaesmom)
- A pocket page for Xmas Cards from friends and family. (Elaine in AL)
- For 50th Wedding Anniversary Album for my parents...The title page had the castle die-cut and ivy and flowers...It said "Once upon a time..." and had pictures of them when they met. The last page had a picture of them now with the same castle, ivy and flowers (arranged differently than the title page) with the words, "And they lived happily ever after!" (dee)
- I put random pics...one of kids waving goodbye, one of Shamu waving his tail out of the water, one of my kids climbing a jungle gym and all you could see were their rear ends (they had clothes on!) and one on the last day of school that year, and titled it "The End". (scraphappy)
- Depending on the type of album and how big the page is you can combine one of more of the ideas above.
Most of these ideas came from posters on Stampin' and Scrappin'.
"A" is for Autumn
"F" is for Fall Leaves
"P" is for Pumpkin Patch
A Festival of Fall Color
A Festival of Fall Colors
A Harvest of Memories
A is for Apple
A Rainbow of Autumn Colors
All for Fall Autumn Art Projects Autumn at the (surname) House Autumn Angels/Awareness/Colors/Festival/Frost/Harvest/ Time/Leaves/Nocturne/Splendor Autumn Days are Here again!! Autumn Leaves Are Falling Down Autumn on My Mind Autumn's all Around us Autumn's in the air! Autumn's Here Autum...
And the Leaves Came Tumbling Down
And the leaves came tumbling down
And the Leaves Came Tumbling Down
As the Leaves Turn
As the Leaves Turn
Autum Days are here again
Autumn Days are here again
Autumn Dayz are for Dancing with Leavez
Autumn Festival Time
Autumn leaves are falling
Autumn on my mind
Autumn on my Mind
Autumn Potpourri (For an odd mix of autumn pictures)
Autumn's in the Air
Autumn's In The Air
Blessings in the Fall of 2008
BRANCHES OF THE TREE
Buried Treasure (Children under the piles of Leaves)
Buried Treasures (kids under leaves)
Bushels Of Fun
Chilling in Autumn
Cozy Autumn Days
Crisp Days Of Fall
Crisp Days of Fall
Cutest Pumpkin In The Patch
Dancing Leaves Falling Down on Me
Death by Candy Corn
F-A-L-L Into Fall
Fall Days Are Fun Days
Fall Days...Happy Days
Fall Family Fun
Fall Family Fun
Fall Flurries( Pictures with children playing in leaves)like winter flurries for snow
Fall for All
fall in love!
Fall Into Autumn
Fall into Autumn Memories
Fall-ing for you
Fall...The Colors Leave You Breathless
Fallin' for Fall
Falling For You
Falling into Autumn
Falling into autumn
Falling into Fun
Festival of Colours
Flavors of Fall
Frost on the Pumpkins
Glorious Days of Autumn
Hanging Around the Pumpkin Patch
Harvest of Memories
Have a good fall, y'all
Hayrides and Pumpkin Pie
Hayrides and Pumpkin Pies
I Walked on Paths of Crisp Autumn Leaves
It "leaves" you Breathless
It's Fall, You All
Jump Into Fall
Kaleidoscope of Colors
Kaleidoscope of colors
Lazy Autumn Days
Leaf it to Me
Leaf it to me
Leaf me alone!
Leaves Abound From All Around
Leaves Fall All Around
Leaves Fall, God Doesn't
Lots of Leaves!
Love those Leaves
My 3 up a Tree
Never Fear...Autumn Is Here
Pick a Peck of Pumpkins
Pieces of Autumn
Pile on the Fun
piles of smiles
Piles of smiles.
Piling up the Memories
Piling up the Memories
Rake, Dump and Jump!
Rake, Pile, Jump, and Smile!
Rake, Pile, Leap!
Raking in the Fun
Season Of Change
Shades of Autumn
Shades of Autumn
Summer "Falls" into Autumn
The Beauty of Fall
THE BEST OF FALL
The Color of Autumn
The colors of fall
The Fall Guy
The Golden Days of Fall
The Golden Days of Fall
The Great Pumpkin Adventure
True Colors Shining Through
Turning over a new leaf!
Two Little Pumpkins...
We Believe in the Great Pumpkin
We Rake, We Pile... WE JUMP!!!
When Autumn Leaves...
Who you Gonna Call...Leaf Busters! (A friend used this one)
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